Archives for: April 2004, 09
While we're on the subject of vegetables, I found some nice artichokes yesterday so I bought 4 of them. I've eaten 2 since then. I've always liked artichokes, and they're beneficial for Os and As. This time I steamed them in the pressure cooker, and they tasted better than when I boil them...less water, more flavor. If I'd been really ambitious, I would have made hollandaise sauce, but I found lemon juice and salt does just fine. Just cut off the stem to make a flat base, then cut off the top inch or so. Some people trim the top of each leaf, but I don't think it's necessary, unless you just want to make them pretty and less prickly. You can boil them for up to 45 minutes until tender, or follow your pressure cooker instructions to steam them with a couple inches of water, mine was 10 minutes at the lower pressure setting. To eat, gently scrape the bottom of each leaf off with your teeth and discard the rest of the leaf, don't eat the tiny or hairlike leaves in the middle (the choke), but do eat the heart, which is the bottom/base of the critter. If you haven't had an artichoke before, the flavor is kind of starchy, but also has some greenness too it, maybe a little like cauliflower without that cabbagy flavor. I like them more each time I try them.
I had the best tasting steak I've ever had last night, It was the 8 oz. filet at Prime Steakhouse in Park City, Utah. If you're ever in the area, and you're an O, I highly recommend it. The sear it at 1700 degrees and serve it on a sizzling hot plate. The seared tuna appetizer is also wonderful, about as rare on the inside as I've ever dared eat, but sooo delicious. Made me think that maybe I could enjoy sushi. I'm sure their salmon and chicken are exceptional too, for any As, although the steak is difficult to resist. It's not often that you find a restaurant where the dessert is not the best part of the meal, it wouldn't matter what the dessert was, it wouldn't be better than that steak.